Thursday, October 26, 2017

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri

(Disclosure: my visit to the Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium was sponsored, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own or my families, I cannot be bought) 

The Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium the largest, most immersive wildlife attraction in the world is right here in Missouri.  The Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium is located inside the Springfield Bass Pro Shop and is perfect for visitors of all ages.  

"Aww Mom, did you really say that we had to go to the Bass Pro Shop on our girls weekend?"  My sweet, but sassy little gal was not sure about crashing the "hunting store" on her girls weekend.  Until we walked inside the massive Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri - the next comment I got was "Mom this place is not like I thought it would be" - maybe Mom was right again.



We started our adventure at the Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium inside the Wildlife Galleries.  This was more than just a few painting on the wall, it was a history lesson mixed with lavish displays that look so life like that you thought you were really in the animals natural habitat and the animals were real.    

A walk on the artic side to meet few polar friends? 



Mixed with this life like exhibit of artic animals was a touch of history and lesson of how the Inuit people native to the Arctic regions of North America lived.  

While this piece of clothing was sure to be warm, I am not sure it was my style.  


Throughout the Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium's wildlife gallery we learned about animals and lands from all over the world, the history of hunting, the importance of conservation, and individuals that played an important roll in the sport of hunting and conservation.

After our hour tour of the wildlife gallery we entered the aquarium portion of the tour  - our first steps into the aquarium we weren't sure if we had left Springfield, Missouri and entered the runways of LasVegas - we may have had to stand and pose on the steps a few times.  


Like the art gallery section of the tour, the aquarium is absolutely gorgeous, yet acceptable for all ages.  


The aquarium leaves nothing to imagine, except maybe how did they build an aquarium this big? 


AND make it see through?  


 Like the wildlife galleries, each area of the aquarium has a theme, you visit fresh water areas, swamps, and sea life.  The entire area, minus the area dedicated to the fishing awards, which my girls zoomed through quickly, is very interactive - it will mesmerize kids of all ages!  

The Jellyfish might have been our favorite.   


In fact, I am not even sure we knew these color of Jellyfish even existed! 


The swamp area was also a favorite, but the girls were not huge fans of the swinging bridge over the alligator pit - I did not know they could move as fast as they did across the bridge!


Even though the alligators looked semi-friendly.  


The touch-table gives visitors a chance to touch sea life they may never have been able to get close to before. 



At the very end of our tour we got a nice surprise and met this guy! 
He was much cuter through the glass than he would have been meeting face to face in the wild!  


A few things you should know before going to the Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium.  
  • The Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium does have an entrance fee, you can choose to visit either the museum, the aquarium, or buy a combo ticket and visit both at once. 
  • You need to wear walking shoes, while it is indoor the facility is also 350,000 square feet with 1.4 miles of trails - that is just a tad bit of walking!
  • There is a snack area, gift shop, and plenty of restrooms throughout the facility.  
  • The Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium is wheelchair and stroller friendly - where needing to move from floor to floor, elevators are available. 
  • Plan to spend several hours, you could zip through in 2 hours, but you would miss so much!  To truly enjoy the Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium plan to spend 4 hours or more especially if visiting with kids. 

More Pictures of The Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium.




























Saturday, October 7, 2017

Farms of Missouri - The Curious Cows

One of my favorite things to photograph is farms.  Tractors, Barns, Livestock, and if I am lucky I can occasionally capture a Farmer in action. 

This particular day we were just out for a drive, my goal was to capture a beautiful fall photo of my Dad's barn, however, the cows had a different idea.  I have seen people desperate to have their photo taken, but never a bunch of cows! 


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Perryville Pumpkin Farm, Perryville, MO

*****NOTE*** This was originally posted in 2011, but Perryville Pumpkin Farm is awesome, we are sharing it again!  

The kids and I made our plans to find the PERFECT Pumpkin.  I had heard rave reviews from several fellow mommas about the Perryville Pumpkin Farm….so timing was right and we hit the road to Perryville MO



We were pleasantly surprised that Perryville Pumpkin Farm was well equipped with not only perfect pumpkins, but a perfect BIG GREEN TRACTOR.  Yep, they made D-man's day by pulling the hayride to pumpkin patch with his favorite kind of tractor. 



We searched long and hard for the perfect pumpkin, the experts (Lesse & D-man) had many specific ideas what the perfect pumpkin should look like.  Mommy had one specific rule; they had to be able to carry their own pumpkin!  We found our perfect pumpkins and currently the perfect pumpkins have found a new home…the middle of our living room coffee table!  What can I say it was Perfect Pumpkin Love at first sight!


While pumpkins and tractors made our day, we could not leave without taking a run through this rather educational corn maze. Parents this maze is more than a maze it also is a quiz, but I can't give you the answers just yet.  If a well-organized corn maze, a hayride, and finding the perfect pumpkin is not enough. Perryville Pumpkin Farm also has pumpkin bowling, adorable goats, and a tire throw game. 



Perryville Pumpkin Farm is located at 1410 Allens Landing Road in Perryville, MO.  The farm is open seven days a week thru November 1, but wagon rides to the patch operate Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6pm (or by appointment.)  For more information or a complete list of details, please check Perryville Pumpkin Farm’s facebook page or give them a call at 573-513-2899.



While Perryville Pumpkin Farm earned our 2-Thumbs up seal of approval for being a fun family outing, parents I must add they earn my hubby’s 2-thumbs up for being an affordable afternoon!  While I never want to give exact prices (because prices change, and family size varies) I left my house with $20.00 and came home with more than $5.00 worth of change! 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Massey Log House and the Alma Fisher School in Marble Hill, Missouri

Massey Log House (1869) and the Alma Fisher One-Room School located just down the street from the Bollinger County Courthouse in the City of Marble Hill, Missouri.

The Massey Log House and the Alma Fisher School will be open for tours every Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm throughout the month of October 2017.
 
The tours are family friendly, educational, and give you an up close look at what life in Bollinger County looked like over 100 years ago.
 
The Massey Log House and the Alma Fisher One-Room School are operated by the Bollinger County Historical Society - for more information you can call 573-579-1304. 
 
Here is a small glimpse at The Massey Log Home:














 
A glimpse of the Alma Fisher One-Room School: